Family's joy as HS2 route which threatened their home is paused

14 October 2020, 08:47

EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

"Please don't let HS2 destroy my house" - this was the heartfelt plea from a nine-year-old girl who now looks set to get what she wanted.

As we reported previously 9-year-old Lily Nicholson, from Aston near Sheffield, decided to take action into her own hands when she heard her family home was going to be demolished to make way for the HS2 rail line.

Writing directly to the, then, Transport Secretary, Lily sent a heartfelt letter asking Chris Grayling to "use the good inside him" to save her home which had "special memories" for her.

But now in a move which has caused joy for the Nicholson family, they have been told that work on the rail line which would impact their family has been paused.

Branding it "fantastic news" Louise Nicholson told Nick Ferrari they have been told work will "concentrate on the Western side instead."

When Nick asked how this would impact on her family, Louise said it was "such a massive relief."

Louise said the issue was still there as the scheme has not been cancelled but it "looks promising for us."

Read more: Girl, 9, Pleads To Chris Grayling: “Don’t Let HS2 Destroy My House”

Previously Nick had pledged to visit the Nicholson family home and the offer is still there for Nick to visit.

The news comes as fresh concerns over the cost of HS2 have been identified just six months after its budget was increased

HS2 Ltd, the Government-owned firm developing the high-speed railway, reported that two components of Phase One between London and Birmingham could cost a total of £800 million more than planned.

In a written statement to Parliament, HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said half of this figure is due to preparation of the route for construction involving "more significant challenges than anticipated".

This includes the need to remove more asbestos than expected.

Another "significant cost pressure" worth £400 million has also been identified during the development of designs for Euston station.

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Dominic Raab said it was "wrong" to use anonymous social media accounts to abuse MPs

Dominic Raab: It's wrong that people can post abuse anonymously online

The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Raab: Giving Southend city status would be 'fitting tribute' to slain MP Sir David Amess

Christmas saved but pig farmers at their “wit’s end” over butcher shortage

Christmas saved but pig farmers at their 'wit’s end' over butcher shortage

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Transport Secretary savages 'pathetic and dangerous' road blocking eco mob

The Shadow International Trade Secretary was speaking to Nick Ferrari

Emily Thornberry calls for 'a bit of grown-up politics' in Brexit negotiations

Nick Ferrari gave his take on the issue

'Why the hell are we calling off the fireworks? Why is the Mayor such a killjoy?'

The Tory Party Chair was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

'We are very sorry': Tory Party Chair apologises after damning Covid report

The caller was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

'Why isn't there a student loan scheme to train HGV drivers?' caller asks

Nick Ferrari quizzed the Cabinet Office minister

Nick Ferrari savages minister who has not read damning Covid report

The Security Minister was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Minister denies Business Secretary lied about extra support for firms amid energy crisis

The steel industry chief was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

'PM needs to bang heads together' to avoid steel sector crisis, industry boss says

Nick Ferrari won a prestigious journalism award

Nick Ferrari “at the top of his game” as he picks up prestigious award for LBC journalism

The Thomas Cook CEO was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Changes to travel rules are 'good news' for holidaymakers, but more clarity needed

The broadcaster was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Andrew Neil's withering take on Boris Johnsons party conference speech

Dominic Raab defended the government's Universal Credit cut

Dominic Raab denies £20 UC cut will force families into stark 'heat or eat' choice

Exclusive
'Jacob Rees-Mogg, are you scum?': Nick Ferrari interviews the Commons Leader

'Jacob Rees-Mogg, are you scum?': Nick Ferrari interviews the Commons Leader